Joshua Toole, 29 of Rolla, was sentenced on to 28 years in prison on Monday, June 19 2017 for the murder of Daniel Hunter on May 22, 2015.

Joshua Toole, 29 of Rolla, was sentenced on to 28 years in prison on Monday, June 19 2017 for the murder of Daniel Hunter on May 22, 2015.

Toole previously plead guilty to Murder in the second degree and armed criminal action. The case was prosecuted by Phelps County Prosecuting Attorney, Brendon Fox and Senior Assistant Prosecutor, Brad Neckermann.

At approximately 9:10 p.m. on May 22, 2015, the Rolla Police Communication Center received a 911 call from a Rolla woman who reported that her current boyfriend, Joshua Toole, was en route to 3 Cronin Court to shoot her ex-husband, Daniel Hunter.

Shortly after arriving at the home, the police took Toole into custody. According to a release sent by the prosecuting office, Det. Adam Meyer obtained a full confession from Toole.

Toole was arrested and transported to the Rolla Police Department for questioning. Toole was advised of his Constitutional Rights (Miranda Warnings) prior to the questioning. Toole waived these rights. According to the probable cause statement, Toole stated during the interview that he removed a 40 caliber handgun from his vest and pointed it at hunter upon arrival at the residence.

The probable cause statement says a struggle ensued between the two individuals and Toole discharged the firearm. Hunter began to fall, and Toole stated he aimed the firearm at Hunter’s head and intentionally shot the other man in the head.

“Our understanding of why he killed Hunter was because he believed Hunter was abusing his girlfriend,” said Det. Sgt. Harper. According to him, this is based on their interview with Toole and evidence recovered from cell phones.

A change of venue placed Toole’s case in Franklin County, where Toole entered a plea of guilty to the amended charges of murder in the second degree and armed criminal action. The court accepted Toole’s plea as knowing and voluntary and found him guilty as charged. Toole’s plea was reportedly not based on a plea agreement with the prosecuting attorney.

“Joshua Toole’s actions on May 22, 2015 were incredibly stupid and selfish,” said Phelps County Prosecuting Attorney Brendan Fox. “Two families now have to move forward without fathers. I hope Danny’s family can gain some closure from this sentence and start healing.”

According to Fox, Toole will not be eligible for parole until 2041.

“Danny is missed daily,” said the victim’s mother in a prior interview. “He was always helping people. If anyone, friends or family, needed help he was always there. We’re glad he (Joshua) was caught and will be put away.”